First time traveler in Bangkok will usually visit the famous attractions such as temples, Grand Palace, Elephant / Crocodile Shows, Floating Market. However, since this is our 2nd visit, we decide to explore other side of Bangkok for hair raising experience and exciting places that will trigger your senses – shock, fear, and horror!
On our first day, we joined land group tour from Canary Travel. It was a 2 hour drive west of Bangkok, and we reach the town of Kanchanaburi. Thais know it as one of the most beautiful provinces in the country with its easily accessible waterfalls and national parks.
Kanchanaburi War Memorial
This is the final resting place of almost 7,000 prisoners of war (POWs) who gave their life for the construction of the Death Railway to Burma. All POWs at this site are from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia.
Bridge over the River Kwai
This iron bridge across the Kwai Yai River is the main attraction for many visitors. Immortalized in the famous movie and novel, it was a part of the infamous Death Railway to Burma, constructed by POWs working for the Japanese in hellish conditions during World War II.
Death Railway Ride
After walking along the bridge, we went to the train terminal to take an hour ride along the magnificent view of the farm fields, rocky mountains and river. It costs 100 THB for foreigners to take the hour train ride.
Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, is a Theravada Buddhist temple in western Thailand that was founded in 1994 as a forest temple and sanctuary for wild animals, among them several tigers, the majority of which are Indochinese tigers. The temple is located in the Saiyok district of Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province, not far from the border with Myanmar, some 38 km (24 mi) north-west of Kanchanaburi along the 323 highway.
Here you can enter a canyon of tamed tigers, and have you picture taken with the beast. Entrance fee here is 600THB.
Wake-boarding at Lake Taco
Another new stuff we tried in Bangkok is wakeboarding. We joined the Couchsurfing group for Bangkok Wake-boarding event which is held every Sunday. We met the group at BTS Udom Suk Exit 3, and took a 30 minutes cab to Lake Taco.
While visiting a foreign land it is a must to interact with the local people to learn more of them and make new friends, and that is what Couchsurfing community is, besides having free accommodation for budget conscious travelers.
After those blood pumping activities, we also went for the relaxing but thrilling night places in the city.
Going there is already a unique experience, at Saphan Taksin MRT station, walk to the river, there you can get on a free ferry boat to Asiatique The Riverfront – it’s about 15 minutes and you get to enjoy the nice view of the Chao Phraya river.
The boat leaves from the Saphan Taksin station every 15 minutes, starting at 4:30 p.m. and the last boat leaves from the Asiatique pier back to Saphan Thaksin at 11:30 p.m. It’s best to avoid going by taxi, because the road that leads there suffers from usual traffic jam.
Connected to Sukhumvit/ Asok Station, this new shopping mall is very noticeable with its clear glass façade. Inside you will feel like inside an airport in which every escalator has sign boards of Arrival / Departure to a different country theme :
After dining, one can have another exhilarating walk just across the road to see Soi Cowboy – a small alley alive with red light bars with interested scenes on both sides of a narrow. Don’t have to go Patpong to see Pingpong show, they also have it here.
Cabbage and Condoms Restaurant
This is another unusual dining place, walking distance from Asok BTS. They serve traditional Thai cuisine, but what’s more unique is the place has mannequins dressed with condom made clothes, the walls of their indoor dining area are surrounded and decorated condom, and after dining instead of receiving the usual complimentary candy, they will give you each a condom according to your gender!
This restaurant was conceptualized in part to promote better understanding and acceptance of family planning and to generate income to support various development activities of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) in Thailand.
Mansion 7 – Haunted Hotel
Located near Huay Khwang Station exit number 1, walk back towards Sutthisan for about 300 meters and on the right (before the foot bridge) you notice a purple warehouse structure:
Mansion 7 is a theme mall with a bizarre twist. It’s dark, creepy, and ‘haunted’ by a legend about its late owner’s daughter – so the story goes. The ghost resides in the Dark Mansion, the mall’s main attraction, while the neglected garden awaits you with unique shops and restaurants. It has 320 THB entrance fee.
Hope you enjoyed reading this Halloween edition as much as we did enjoyed our trip in Bangkok. Watch out for the next post for the continuation of Edy’s China trip.